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Predicate Object 17 May 1976 1976-05-17T00:00:00.000Z 1976-05-17T00:00:00.000Z 1976.73 Collection of Auckland Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira, 1976.73, 47582 Tongan 2004-09-28T00:00:00.000Z 1 2021-08-20T06:01:30.296Z Pacific Collection Access Project Tonga 35 Men/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Performing Arts/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Fibrework/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Women/- PACIFIC SUBJECTS - Sisi. Waist ornament. Sisi are waist ornaments which are worn on top of a ta'ovala (waist mat). These can be worn for special occasions and celebrations and are a part of ones dance attire for specific faiva. Sisi are usually made from all natural materials and scented flowers and plants are added for aesthetics as well as the fragrant qualities. This sisi is made from fau (hibiscus) fibre, the band is plaited with short red curled fau strips inserted and left to hang loose. Along the band, fa (pandanus keys) are attached with small pieces of fau fibre. Although now faded in colour, at the time of creation, it would have been a vibrant red and green in colour and had a sweet fragrant smell. Underneath the fa there are three rows of folded fau strips which make up the rest of the sisi. This particular sisi was worn by those from the Kolofo'ou village during their Laione lakalaka for the coronation of King George Tupou IV. ornament, neck
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